Keep waste sites open and reprioritize SPLOST —William Geyer @ LCC 2012-11-13

William Geyer expressed two widespread opinions, keep the solid waste disposal sites open, and reprioritize SPLOST, when he spoke at Tuesday’s Lowndes County Commission Regular Session. County Manager Joe Pritchard, the driving force behind the waste disposal decision, still wasn’t listening.

Keep the solid waste disposal sites open

Saying he was William Geyer of 5474 Union Road, Hahira, he asked the Commission to reconsider their solid waste plan, and to keep the waste disposal sites open.
There’s people out there that can’t afford what y’all are offering. And with a budget as large as we got, I know there’s some way to keep them open. Not only that, Florida has them, and they don’t even man them. I talk to a lot of people out there, they don’t come here, but I wish you really would reconsider, because it is a plus for this county, the elderly, a lot of people here who are struggling, who can’t afford it. I’m not saying I can’t; I can afford it, but there’s a lot of people here who can’t afford it.

Reprioritize SPLOST

Geyer noted SPLOST was supposed to be for paving roads, but lots of roads hadn’t gotten paved.
At that first SPLOST meeting, it was around 1984 or 5 they did my road, Union Road. What happened to the rest of the roads that are dirt? We’ve somehow lost our priorities. We want a new library, we want a new this or that. What about these people who live on these dirt roads that were promised they’d be paved. County Manager, how many miles of dirt roads do we have in this county?

County Manager Joe Pritchard obviously wasn’t listening, “Pardon me?” he said, after the Chairman prodded him. He didn’t know, either; he motioned to County Engineer Mike Fletcher, who responded, “About 408.”

Geyer continued:

We need to get our priorities right…. I’m just saying as a person in my first time coming here, the people have spoken. Let’s give them a break. They pay taxes. Thank you very much.

I can attest William Geyer is far from alone in both of his views, since many people have told me the same things. In many days of walking around this county, I have not found one person who likes the county’s waste decision or the way it was decided. And what happened to some of that SPLOST paving money is they paved some roads whose residents didn’t want them paved while not paving other roads whose residents did want them paved.

Here’s the video:

Keep waste sites open and reprioritize SPLOST —William Geyer
Regular Session, Lowndes County Commission (LCC),
Video by Gretchen Quarterman for Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange (LAKE),
Valdosta, Lowndes County, Georgia, 13 November 2012.